|NASA Briefs Media on Comet Flyby|
News conference held Feb. 15 following the flyby of comet Tempel 1 by the Stardust-NExT spacecraft on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14. The spacecraft's closest approach was a distance of 112 miles. Participants are: Ed Weiler, NASA's associate administrator, Science Mission Directorate, Washington; Joe Veverka, Stardust-NExT principal investigator, Cornell University; Tim Larson, Stardust-NExT project manager, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.; Don Brownlee, Stardust-NExT co-investigat...
Keywords: What -- Stardust; Where -- Washington
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A new Mission Specialist for STS-133, Scientists revel in Stardust & Glory, an honor for the agency's Chief Technologist, Julian Bond speaks for MLK day, not your father's Dodge Charger, and Happy 25th for Voyager 2's Uranus Flyby.
Keywords: What -- DODGE; What -- Voyager; What -- Stardust; Where -- Uranus
|NASA Spacecraft Completes Comet Flyby|
NASA's Stardust-NExT mission completed its Valentine's Day "date with a comet" with its flyby of comet Tempel 1 on Feb. 14. The spacecraft's closest approach came at approximately 11:40 p.m. EST on Feb. 14. An imaging sequence of about eight minutes is expected to yield 72 high-resolution images around the time of closest approach for best-resolution coverage of Tempel 1's nucleus. At the time of closest encounter, the spacecraft was expected to be approximately 124 miles from the comet's nucleu...
Keywords: What -- COMETS; What -- Deep Impact; What -- Stardust; What -- Sun
|Stardust-NExT Scientists Excited About Valentine's Day|
The Stardust spacecraft has been repackaged for the Stardust-NexT mission. Stardust-NExT will rendezvous with comet Tempel 1 on February 14, giving scientists an opportunity, for the first time, to search a comet's surface for changes following its orbit around the sun. Mission scientists discussed the relevance of the mission at a briefing at NASA headquarters in Washington.
Keywords: What -- COMETS; What -- Sun; Where -- Washington; What -- Stardust; Where -- NASA Headquarters; What -- Opportunity